A few months ago, the always-popular MatterHackers teased an upcoming new release while they exhibited at CES 2016. The company’s open source MatterControl 3D printing software has been steadily expanding, and last year they introduced MatterControl Touch, a standalone, easy-to-install 3D printer controller that works with any MatterControl-compatible printer. (If your printer isn’t listed on the website’s list of supported printers, just send them an email and they’ll look into adding it.) The latest version of the controller, the MatterControl T10, was announced at CES, and as of March 31, it will officially be on the market.
The latest version of Touch is not only bigger, with a 10.6-inch screen, but it also promises sharper resolution and faster slicing thanks to a more powerful processor. WiFi is optional, but I can’t imagine not enabling it, as a WiFi connection allows for full access to MatterControl’s Cloud Sync cloud-based library. The controller can also be wirelessly connected to your smartphone or computer, allowing for remote monitoring of print jobs via an onboard 5.0 megapixel camera.
“At MatterHackers we continue to push the boundaries of the 3D printing technology by creating software, and now devices, that are designed to improve how consumers interact with printers, prepare files, organize designs and generally get more out of their 3D printers,” said MatterHackers CEO Lars Brubaker. “We are excited for the release of MatterControl T10. It offers a unique and seamless user experience on a grand new scale.”
MatterControl T10 is easy to use and customizable. It comes with built-in, printer-specific presets, but advanced settings allow you to create, customize and save your own. Like the original MatterControl Touch, T10 handles the entire design and printing process from start to finish – models can be created, edited and prepared for printing, all using a simple touchscreen. Prints can be adjusted mid-process, and files can be easily saved or transferred between printers.
MatterControl T10 is still taking presales; if you place an order online now you’re guaranteed that it will ship on March 31, the first day that shipments start. The controller is going for $329, and will be available online or at MatterHackers’ showroom in Foothill Ranch, California.
“MatterControl T10 is becoming an essential component for 3D printers, providing a streamlined 3D printing experience as a result of onboard slicing combined with the power of the cloud,” the company states.
Indeed, and one of the most attractive elements of MatterControl T10 is that it makes your printer into an entirely standalone device. No more connecting computers, then reconfiguring and transferring files every time you get a new computer – it’s simple, and, as MatterControl emphasizes, streamlined, two of the most important factors when it comes to 3D printing. Are you curious about this new release? Discuss in the MatterControl T10 forum over at 3DPB.com.